A community fights malnutrition with local leafy vegetables

    | November 7, 2011

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    Hunger is not only about not having enough to eat; it is also about what you eat, as we learned in one of this week’s stories. Good nutrition involves consuming adequate vitamins and minerals. This includes micronutrients such as Vitamin A and iron, both of which are important for healthy growth and development. A lack of micronutrients in the diet is often termed “hidden hunger.’’ Many staple foods such as maize, cassava and sweet potato do not provide enough of these micronutrients. But there are many indigenous African leafy vegetables with high levels of vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients. In this script, we hear how communities can make good use of these local vegetables.

    This script is based on actual interviews. It was a winner in our recent scriptwriting competition on healthy communities, and was written by Gabriel Adukpo, from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Koforidua, Ghana.

    This script is available in an audio version on this page: http://farmradio.org/english/partners/multi-media/

    Read the text of the script here: http://farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/93-3script_en.asp